J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (Dallas) has installed the Symbol Technologies (Holtsville, NY) Spectrum24 wireless local area network at its new one million sq. ft. distribution center (DC), which is under construction at the Alliance Development north of Fort Worth, TX.
The department store will implement a number of automated and robotic features at the DC. Symbol's wireless technology will be used for narrow-aisle picking and at pick-to-light stations as well as in shipping and receiving. Associates with Symbol hand-held and vehicle-mounted computers will instantly know which items to select or put away in the facility by communicating via the Symbol Spectrum24 network to the DC's host computer.
Symbol's wireless technology is also installed at other J.C. Penney distribution centers in the US. J.C. Penney also uses Symbol technology for a number of in-store applications. The company is the largest user of Symbol hand-held scanners at point-of-sale checkout with more than 20,000 devices installed at its nearly 1,200 stores and 1,900 catalog desks. Eckerd Drug, acquired by J.C. Penney in 1997, also uses Symbol products at its 2,900-plus stores.